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Structured PhD in Criminal Justice

Course Details

Course Code: PHHUMRFAD

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 4 Years

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Research

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Ger Coffey
School of Law
+353 (0) 61 202682
Dr. Christina Morin
School of English, Irish, and Communication
+353 (0)61 234111
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Brief Description

This programme is a structured blend of graduate education in theory and methods, and supervised research. The taught elements of the programme draw on existing modules offered to postgraduate students in the School of Law and Department of Sociology to deliver both a broader graduate education for research students, and a more specific focus for individual students. Formal instruction in research methodology forms the basis of the taught element of the programme, and this is achieved by including three distinct taught modules per semester in first year as a fundamental element of the graduate programme. This combination of modules is supplemented by the development of generic skills.

  • Locate their research in the wider context of criminal justice;
  • Create a body of work which offers critical and original perspectives on existing knowledge, or opens up new fields of study, in criminal justice;
  • Demonstrate a strong foundation in theoretical and methodological principles relevant to their research question;
  • Engage in research related activities which enhance their transferable skills;
  • Work as an active and autonomous researcher.

This four year programme includes a combination of research and taught modules.  The principal component of the programme is the final thesis. In addition to developing their research project, students will follow a number of modules designed to enhance the quality and depth of their research.  Students will take 6 taught modules over the first year of the programme. In addition to this, students will take generic university skills.
Students will begin their research work during the first year of the programme, and from year two onwards, students will be engaged full time in research and research related activities.  The research component of the programme requires the completion and examination of a PhD thesis based on original research in compliance with current University regulations.

The minimum requirement for entry is an appropriate honours primary bachelor’s degree with a classification of 2.1 honours or a postgraduate qualification at honours level in a relevant social sciences degree programme obtained from a university or other institution recognised by the University of Limerick following a period of study similar to that required in the University of Limerick. Candidates should be proficient in the use of English for academic purposes to meet UL’s minimum standards.

Fees for all postgraduate programmes are revised on an annual basis.  Detailed information on fee schedules and fee regulations is available on the Fees Office website. 

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